The true life story of the hijacking of an Air France flight in June 1976
by the Palestine Front for the Liberation of Palestine is brought to the
screen by award winning Director Jose Padilha.
The story, which has had a big screen outing at least twice in the past,
sees an Air France flight, carrying mostly Jewish Israeli passengers, leave
Tel Aviv bound for Paris.
Whilst on route the plane is hijacked by German terrorists Wilfred Bose
(Daniel Bruhl) and Bridgitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike), aided by Palestinian
terrorists who are on the plane to help them, they divert the plane to
Uganda where they become “guests” of Idi Amin (Nonso Anozie).
Meanwhile back in Israel the Prime Minister (Lior Ashkenazi) is given a
demand that if the Israelis don’t release a number of Palestinian prisoners
the terrorists will start killing the passengers, starting with the
What follows is a high stake poker game between the terrorists and the
Israeli Government as Lior, who is for negotiation, is pressured by members
of his cabinet, most notably is defence minister Shimon Peres (Eddie
Marson), to not negotiate and instead formulate a plan that would allow
them to send their special forces into the airport in order to free the
Padhila manages to give a well told story some freshness, Bruhl and Pike
are particularly good as two Germans whose ideology blinds them to the fact
that they are being used as pawns by their Palestinian allies. Bruhl’s
character is repeatedly reminded by his captives that it doesn’t look good
that two Germans are holding a group of Jews hostage and when the hostages
start being killed it is the Jews that will be first to have a gun put to
Even if you know the eventual outcome Entebbe is still an enjoyable, is
somewhat harrowing watch.